Ethiopia: Can tablets replace teachers?

Can Tablets Take the Place of Teachers?


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  1. How could any family, even in the remotest regions of Ethopia, have never seen print, roadsigns or “even packaging with words on them”? I’m sure the parents are going over words and reading to their children. JUST because they’re in the boonies of Ethiopia does NOT mean they cannot read. I’m not sure if this is racist, neo-imperialistic, or just a plain old attempt at fooling people with untruth. Eesh.

    • Anonymous says:

      This must be a joke. Have you ever visited or read anything about rural Ethiopia? It is one of the poorer and historically isolated large countries in the world: parents are not sitting at home with their children much less reading to them. Mothers and daughters spend entire days walking many kms to get water or food, fathers and sons farm (or, depending on the community, fathers chew chaat and sons tend animals). And without electricity, evenings end at dusk. No sitting around the dinner table reading and catching up on the day.

  2. The first graders had hacked android? Really? I’m SURE the older kids/parents/etc weren’t also using the tablets…

    On the other hand, solar power-enabled tablets might be a great way to help remote regions have access to libraries and text books…

    Except… I wonder about weather/durability issues.

  3. AllanInPortland says:

    Yeah, I’d seen this before and I don’t believe a word of it. If they’d lie about something as basic as the printed word, when do they decide to stop lying? Ethiopia is hardly the Andaman Islands, the deepest Amazon, or “Shangri-La,” New Guinea.

    They “hacked” Android? In 5 months? Puh-leeze.

    Handwriting recognition? Hey, why doesn’t my tablet have that? Handwriting is easier for children than using a touch pad? Buwahahaha. Stop it… my sides are hurting.

    OK, ok, I get it. This is this another one of those thinking without those pesky facts posts. 🙂

  4. Guys, guys,….. come on…. if it’s in an infographic, it MUST be true…….

  5. Uh, let’s keep in mind that “hacked”, in this context, probably means writing a little PHP. Not the more widely-assumed definition of zomifying the OLPC.

    A couple of kids doing some hacking isn’t quite the same thing as crafting a virus that sets up a huge botnet.

    • Allan in Portland says:

      Oh yeah, I’m aware. That’s my point. I completely doubt it even involved writing PHP. Probably the extent of the hack was discovering a poorly hidden and completely unsecured “backdoor” to modify some admin settings.